You Are a Marvel

You Are a Marvel

From Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

You Are a Marvel

Children are one third of our population and all of our future.

~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again... And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.

When will we also teach them what they are?

We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then have another who is, like you, a marvel?

You must work — we must all work — to make the world worthy of its children.

~Pablo Casals

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